Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday: It's Good for You, 10/2/2014

With thousands of people participating in the social media trend #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT), over 100 million photos have been posted. It's the practice of sharing old photographs, lyrics, and links to songs along with the memories behind them. It has taken Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like by storm.

Have you joined in the fun yet?
You should join in the fun because nostalgia has benefits. Pondering over fond memories makes you feel better. Take a soothing bath in those times when you felt happy, protected, and loved. According to Hepper, Ritchie, Sedkikdes, and Wildschut (2012), the strength you gain from these positive memories can  have the following effect:
  • improve your self-concept
  • boost your mood
  • feel accepted
  • help you make connections between the then and the now
You can conjure up fond memories by looking at old photos, listening to old songs, smelling an aroma, touching an object, and/or tasting a food item or drink. 

Participating in #TBT is easy:
Participating in #TBT is easier than you think. 
  • Select a picture that was taken at least five years ago (one associated with fond memories).
  • Post it on your favorite social media site.
  • Write a brief description of the nostalgic memory.
Note that social media is not the only way to participate in #TBT. Start a #TBT scrapbook. Each Thursday, select an old photo that generates fond memories. Insert the photo into a scrapbook (make it or buy it). Then write about the fond memories centered around the photo. Before you know it, you'll have completed the scrapbook.

This photo was taken of me by my father on the day I graduated from University of Michigan over thirty years ago. It was an exciting day for my family and me. My parents, siblings, grandparents, and some of my cousins drove to Ann Arbor for this special day. 
Through all the excitement, questions about what I was going to do with my life were looming in my mind. What kind of job will I get? (One thing for sure--I did not want to teach even though I graduated with a teaching certificate.) Where will it be? During spring break of my senior year I started dated someone. Will the relationship continue? Will we get married? Thinking of that day reminds me of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth. . . .

Frost goes on to describe the chosen road as the "grassy" one, and then ends the poem with contemplating what he might think about his choice in the future.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I have no regrets. I did not teach after I graduated, but I did eventually gravitate toward it several years later. It turns out that teaching was the perfect profession for me. I just did not know it when I graduated. So, unlike Frost's traveler, I was able to travel two different roads in my career. And the man I began dating during spring break of my senior year became my husband and the father of our two children.

What fond memories do you have when you think about the beginning of your independence? This is the story in you. Share it. 

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Hepper, Ritchie, Sedkikdes, and Wildschut. (2012). Nostalgia. Retrieved from

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